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“ANG PAGLILITIS NI ANDRES BONIFACIO” Film Presentation by ANUFA and the Embassy Australian National University
To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the Embassy, in coordination with the Australian National University Filipino Association (ANUFA) in Canberra, hosted the presentation of the film “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio” on Friday, 29 November 2013 at the Manning Clarke Theatre, Australian National University.
A brief background information on Andres Bonifacio, together with the evolution of the KKK Flag, were featured and displayed at the Manning Clarke Theatre.
H.E. Mr. Nelson Davila-Lameda, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and his wife, represented the members of the Diplomatic Corps to the event. Ms. Cecilia Flores, President of the Filipino Community Council of the ACT (FCCACT), headed the Filipino community groups in Canberra. Ms. Riza Halili, on behalf of ANUFA, represented the Filipino students and friends at ANU.
In her message, Ambassador Belen F. Anota expressed heartfelt appreciation to all the people, groups and individuals, who generously extended and continue extending assistance to our kababayans affected by the super typhoon.
ANUFA spearheaded a fundraising effort during the film showing, making an appeal to the generosity of the audience for voluntary contributions to assist the victims of typhoon Haiyan. ANUFA has also undertaken several other fundraising initiatives for Typhoon Haiyan.
First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito San Agustin, who was the master of ceremonies for the event, contextualized the film before it was shown, providing the audience a brief summary of the film.
Mr. Jason S. Lamchek, a PhD candidate at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU shared a brief critique on the film, ending on the note that Andres Bonifacio, with his ideals and character, is alive in each in everyone of us.
Consul Grace Anne G. Bulos and Mrs. Sheryl Santiago, wife of Col. Ricardo Santiago (Defence and Armed Forces Attaché), with guitar accompaniment of Mr. Edison Bacalso, interpreted the song composed by Andres Bonifacio entitled “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”.
STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC PLANNING SECRETARY ARSENIO M. BALISACAN ON THE Q3 2013 PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
We are pleased to report to you that the Philippine economy grew by 7.0 percent this third quarter. This is the fifth consecutive quarter that growth is at least 7.0-percent, buoyed by the expansion in consumer spending, higher business and consumer confidence, favorable interest rates, stable inflation, strong inflows of overseas Filipinos remittances, high inbound tourism, and an optimistic domestic economic outlook. Our country remains as one of the best performing economies in the region for the quarter, second only to China, and outpacing Indonesia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, and Thailand. Moreover, growth for the first nine months of this year reached 7.4 percent from the same period in 2012, still above the 6-7 percent target that the Development Budget Coordination Committee or DBCC has set for 2013. This implies that the Philippine economy only needs to grow between 2.0 and 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 in order to attain the DBCC growth target for the whole year.
Needless to say, we need to remind ourselves that we need to work even harder to ensure that our gains are robust even as we face various threats and risks.
CEBU NOW HUB FOR TYPHOON YOLANDA RELIEF EFFORTS
Canberra, 18 November 2013 - The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the public that the Emergency Inter-Agency Meeting convened on 16 November 2013 by Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras in Cebu decided that Cebu will be the hub for:
Cebu operations will be under the overall supervision of Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda AFP.
Our international partners and friends, both government and non-government, are advised that all new offers of assistance and their means of conveyance should henceforth be directed to Cebu. Decisions as to where the assistance will be later directed will be made in Cebu. However, arrangements made prior to this decision may continue as per the terms agreed upon between the Philippine Government and the international partner.
Parties overseas who wish to ship in-kind goods are requested to direct them to Cebu to the following addressee:
Department of Social Welfare and Development
(Attention: Typhoon Yolanda Relief)
DSWD Field Office VIII
Cebu City, Philippines
Message of Her Excellency Belen F. Anota
On behalf of the Philippine Government, the Philippine Embassy wishes to extend its deepest and heartfelt appreciation to all who stand in solidarity with the Philippines and the Filipino people during this difficult and trying time.
We are grateful to all those who have expressed their condolences, sympathies and prayers. Your words of comfort give our people the much-needed strength and courage to move forward.
We also thank those who have selflessly responded to the needs of our kababayans through their donations, fundraising activities and other offers of assistance. Your generosity will greatly contribute in providing our people with their needs and in rebuilding our communities.
The road to rehabilitation is a long and tedious process, but we remain confident that through the bayanihan spirit and faith in the goodness of humanity, we will see a better tomorrow.
We have thanked God for what you have done for the Philippines and the Filipino people.
Maraming salamat po sa pakiki-isa sa Sambayanang Pilipino!
May God reward you generously for the love you have shown for His people in need.
BELEN F. ANOTA
18 November 2013
Statement on International Assistance for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda
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